FANTASTIC MOON quickened nicely off a strong pace to beat good yardsticks Tha'Ir and Master Of War in the Solario Stakes over 7f at Sandown. Mocenigo was only fourth and looks held and though Jeremy Noseda's charge needs to improve again to land this he is perfectly capable of doing so and the extra furlong won't be a problem. Steeler made Dundonnell pull out all the stops in the Acomb at York in between a couple of narrow wins over 7f at Goodwood. He has the beating of Afonso De Sousa on his run on the Knavesmire and rates a bigger danger than Newbury second Excess Knowledge but Al Waab was only beaten a head by the useful Havana Gold in a Listed race over this trip at Haydock and he's less exposed than Artigiano, Birdman and One Word More.
Afonso De Sousa (USA) 11-4 (9-0) Led, clear 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Dundonnell (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Al Waab (IRE) 9-4 (9-0) Held up behind in touch, outpaced over 3f out, ridden and headway on outside over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to press winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 6, hd behind Havana Gold (9-0) at Haydock 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gf.
Artigiano (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, not clear run looking for room from over 2f out, found room 2f out, went 3rd soon after, strong challenge inside final furlong, led briefly towards finish, headed and not pace of winner close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Olympic Glory (9-3) at Goodwood 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Birdman (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up in rear and keen, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace, last of 5, 4l behind Toronado (8-12) at Doncaster 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd.
Excess Knowledge 11-4 (9-0) Led, ridden and pressed when flashed tail over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, soon headed and not pace of winner, 2nd of 5, 1l behind Just The Judge (8-9) at Newbury 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf in Aug.
Fantastic Moon 3-1 (9-0) Took keen hold early and held up in rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, led final strides, won at Sandown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf beating Tha'ir (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Mocenigo (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, led until 4f out, pressed leader, led again 4f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 2l behind Fantastic Moon (9-0) at Sandown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
One Word More (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Led, headed over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to take 3rd place inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Ashdan (9-2) at Doncaster 7f 2yo stks (2) gd.
Steeler (IRE) 8-15fav (9-0) Chased leader until over 2f out, soon slightly outpaced, rallied on outside over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, eased close home, won at Goodwood 7f Listed stks 2yo (1) gd beating Tamayuz Star (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.